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For Immediate Release
June 8, 2016
Gary Wockner, Save The Poudre: Poudre Waterkeeper, 970-218-8310
Maia Raposo, Communications Director, Waterkeeper Alliance, 212.747.0622 ext. 116
Gary Wockner Joins International Waterkeeper Alliance Board of Directors
New York, NY: At its June 2016 meeting, the international Waterkeeper Alliance appointed Gary Wockner, Director of Save The Poudre: Poudre Waterkeeper in Fort Collins, to its 13-member board of directors. Waterkeeper Alliance is the fastest growing water protection organization in the world – the President of the Board is Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. Wockner got his start in river protection by co-founding Save The Poudre: Poudre Waterkeeper in 2004 in Fort Collins, and has since escalated the fight to protect rivers and waterways across the Southwest U.S. and the globe.
Wockner also directs the Save The Colorado River campaign whose missions is to protect and restore the Colorado River from the source to the sea, a project he co-founded with New Belgium Brewing in 2010 that also partners with Waterkeeper Alliance. Further, in 2015, Wockner began advocating for protecting waterways across the planet, traveling to and writing about dam and water threats in Costa Rica, Columbia, Mexico, Belize, Spain, and Thailand. Next week, Wockner will join the new Maranon River Waterkeeper on a raft trip in the headwaters of the Amazon River in Peru, a river which is facing a massive threat of 20 hydroelectric dams. Wockner has trips planned to visit local Waterkeeper organizations and dam fighters in Nepal and Ecuador later in 2016. He also volunteers and consults for International Rivers and Global Greengrants Fund, both of which fund and support river protection advocacy worldwide.
“We are thrilled to have Gary Wockner join Waterkeeper Alliance’s Board of Directors,” said Marc Yaggi, executive director of Waterkeeper Alliance. “Gary has been an inspirational force as the Poudre Waterkeeper for many years, and is leading the fight to protect the Colorado River Basin. His commitment to the protection of our precious water resources will be invaluable to our leadership.”
“The Waterkeeper Alliance is the strongest advocate for river and water protection in the world and so it’s a perfect fit for me,” said Gary Wockner. “I’m super excited to jump on board and start paddling with this amazing group of worldwide advocates. Thousands of massive dams are being proposed that would create an apocalypse for rivers across the planet – my work to fight dams on the Poudre River has turned into an international river-protection passion that is escalating every day.”
Waterkeeper Alliance is a global movement uniting more than 290 Waterkeeper organizations around the world and focusing citizen advocacy on issues that affect our waterways, from pollution to climate change. Waterkeepers patrol and protect more than 2.3 million square miles of rivers, streams and coastlines in the Americas, Europe, Australia, Asia and Africa. Learn more at waterkeeper.org
Save The Poudre: Poudre Waterkeeper’s mission is to protect and restore the Cache la Poudre River of northern Colorado through education, research, and advocacy. The Poudre River has been named one of the most endangered rivers in America due to the threat of new dams and diversions. Poudre Waterkeeper focuses on fighting proposed dams, enhancing river restoration, and galvanizing public support for the Poudre. More at SaveThePoudre.org